How do you learn about the world’s first railway town that has now been absorbed by the 1960s new town of Milton Keynes? Why, download the MK Trails app of course!
“Imagine a geometric pattern of raw, red brick, made up of long straight streets of terraced houses criss-crossing each other…the whole plumped down in the middle of gently undulating green fields and cornlands…and you have a rough bird’s eye view of my home town, Wolverton”
Greta Barker, Buckinghamshire Born
A town of modest red brick terraces, Wolverton is nevertheless unique as the world’s first ‘railway town’. It was built by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in the 1830s to house its workshops and workers.
Welcome To…Milton Keynes
Working with Milton Keynes Living Archive and Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, Audio Trails have developed a smartphone app based upon their Welcome To…Native app software. The MK Trails: Wolverton app guides visitors and locals around some of the landmarks and histories of Wolverton. Many of these landmarks are tied up with the history of the railways and the history of the country.
The GPS-triggered MK Trails: Wolverton iOS and Android app includes over 20 places of interest around town. Each place is accompanied by archive images and audio interviews from people who have memories of the town stretching back more than a century.
Three town trails have been researched and written for the app. These guide you around some of the quieter districts of early Wolverton and along the footsteps of the railway workers, triggering content as you pass by. A series of plaques act as visual markers on the walls of some of Wolverton’s landmark buildings.
“Audio Trails’ experience with other heritage trails meant it was possible to hit the ground running when the MK Trails Wolverton project started. Their knowledge from previous projects was really helpful. They were responsive to requests for advice and flexible about making changes along the way.”
Mel Jeavons, General Manager, Living Archive Milton Keynes
The MK Trails: Wolverton app is powered by our GPS-triggered Welcome To…Native app software.